Modern PUVs start plying Siargao routes

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently launched rolled out the first “modern” public utility vehicles (PUVs) in Siargao as part of the government’s PUV modernization program. Photo from LTFRB-Caraga

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)- Caraga Regional Office, represented by its PUVMP-RPMO Planning Officer Ar. Achilles Lunzaga, and the Diamond Transport Service Cooperative (DATSCO ) headed by Chairman Jose Evagelous Lawenko and DATSCO Siargao Manager Pastor Tiu successfully launched two (2) Modern PUV units in the Island of Siargao, last Friday, November 20, 2020.

Courtesy calls were made to the municipalities of Santa Monica, San Benito, Del Carmen, Dapa, and General Luna showcasing the units along the Dapa- Santa Monica via Del Carmen route in the morning, and Dapa- General Luna in the afternoon.

Del Carmen Mayor Proserfina M. Coro and Vice Mayor Alfredo M. Coro expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the LTFRB and DATSCO for this step and looking forward to have additional units that will serve their people.

Meanwhile, Mayor Elizabeth Matugas of Dapa welcomed the arrival of the modern units by taking a short drive around the poblacion together with her department heads.

Mayor Matugas said that additional employment options will be available for the people of Siargao through the transport sector and wished the coop success in their operations.

She then thanked LTFRB for the implementation of the PUV Modernization Program, especially during this time that they are about to open the island for tourists.

Mayor Cecilia Rusillon of General Luna was able to take a glimpse of the units when the convoy parked in their driveway and expressed her happiness that modern jeeps will now be ferrying passengers on their island.

The two modern units will ply Dapa to Santa Monica via Del Carmen and Dapa to General Luna. The launching of these modern vehicles is in line with the PUV Modernization Program of the Department of Transportation, the largest non-infrastructure project of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that will benefit all commuters with a comfortable, accessible, reliable, efficient and safe land transportation service.

Additional units will be fielded once the DBP releases the letter of guarantee to the coop for the purchase of the additional units. All in all, 30 units were supposed to ply the two routes. LTFRB-Caraga

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